I was out hiking on a trail the other day that I had never been on before. It was through the woods, there were some small hills, and by a beautiful lake. It was about 5k long from start to finish. I started out in a not so favourable mood that day. Was woken up early, rushed around trying to get things in order. You know that kind of morning, busy, busy, busy. If you’re anything like I am, you’re not a morning person. Especially on Sunday mornings.

However, this particular day as I started out on my journey, with the beautiful smell of the woods, it brought me back to my childhood when I used to go fishing and hunting with my father. A flood of memories came rushing into my head just at that moment. You could hear the birds singing, see the squirrels running about, and that feeling of calm from being in nature, with not a bit of wind. I remembered all the times when we were fishing down by a brook, laughing and just having a connection.

A half hour or so into my hike, I started to notice my heart rate was slowing down. I was breathing deeper than I had before and I felt a calm over me. What was happening? I was exercising which should have raised my heart rate. I started to remember about an indigenous gentleman that I had met back several years ago. I had done a small drum circle with him in a friend’s living room. He told me stories from along time ago. It was really interesting me about where we come from. Maybe it is for you as well. He seemed so wise at the time.

I was really trying to figure out why these memories were in my head at this exact time. As I kept going on the trail, I ended up at the lake. It was beautiful and so calm, just like glass. I just stood there at the edge of that lake, not saying a word, or moving about. I was taking all the beauty of nature in at that moment. Then it hit me, I understood what this was all about. It had nothing to do with the hike, the lake, nature, or anything else, but to slow down and enjoy life, and all the little things it has to offer. The things that are right there in front of all of us everyday. We just don’t notice them, until we do.

In life, we have many choices. We create our own destiny depending on the choices we make. As with my hike in the woods that day, I realized that this was a sign. I was to take notice of what was happening around me. I was being shown to slow down. We are so busy in life to get that next thing, or achievement, that we sometimes forget about what really matters. Everyone needs to take that moment for themselves to reflect and recharge. It’s called self care. It’s not selfish, it’s for the greater good of humanity.

In the trucking industry, it can be very demanding. Loads are time sensitive, and everything seems to be a “just in time” service model. This type of lifestyle can get engrained into your thought process. Then you will feel conditioned to be that way all the time, no matter if you’re at work or not. People have come to expect a certain level of service these days. Being away from your family, and activities can also have an affect on ones wellbeing. This is why it’s more important than ever to look after “YOU”!

If we don’t take time to slow down on our own, our bodies will do it for us through chronic pain, when you least expect it. Then you will be forced to slow down whether you want to or not. As the saying goes, if you don’t have your health, the rest doesn’t matter.

When we slow down, we help ourselves to think and feel better. Clear our heads of all the negative thoughts and feelings going on. We make better decisions about everything. Imagine how you would feel if you did this everyday of your life. So, take a few minutes just to slow down. Your mind and body will thank you for it.

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Dana G. Smith, CC

Dana G Smith CC is a Certified Relationship Coach/Consultant and co-creator of The Mindful Trucker, helping companies and professional drivers with better Health, Safety, Wellness & Driver Solutions.